SHADY CREEK WALK, JULY 15
Santa Rosa: Escape the summer sun with a 3-mile walk along shady Ducker Creekand Brush Creek trail at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet in Heron Hall for coffee, tea and light snacks at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, then carpool to Santa Rosa and retrun to the Environmental Center and stay for a picnic. $20, pre-registration required. Visit www.lagunafoundation.org.
FAMILY BICYCLE WORKSHOP, JULY 15
Sonoma: Free Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition family workshop on bicycle safety 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Learn safety skills during the first half of the class, then take a supervised, instructional bicycle ride. Recommended for ages 7 and up. A functional bike and helmet are required. Register at www.bikesonoma.org. Call 707-545-0153 for information.
WATER CARNIVAL, JULY 15
Healdsburg: The annual classic day of fun on the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach on Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at 13839 Old Redwood Hwy. Live music, rubber duck dash, pedal boat and floating wine barrel races, Zoom Flume river slide, kayak tours, food and more. $10 for activity wrist bands and $7 parking for non-Sonoma County Regional Parks members. Visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov for details.
PLANT REMOVAL, JULY 16
Santa Rosa: Help remove Star Thistle, an invasive plant that takes over meadows and grasslands, at Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday. At the Newanga Avenue meet at the picnic tables by the Oak Knolls restroom. Tools, gloves, drinks and snacks provided. Contact John Ryan at 707-565-3356 to sign up.
CHILI COOKOFF, JULY 18
Santa Rosa: The North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce’s Chili Cookoff is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 3333 Mendocino Ave. Chili tasting and voting, $10 donation. Proceeds benefit NextGen Trades Academy trade school training for under privileged students. RSVP at President@nbbcc.org.
SUNDOWN HIKE, JULY 19
Sonoma: Slow down and unwind during a meditation walk and deep breathing exercises, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Maxwell Farms Regional Park, 100 Verano Ave. Parking $7, free to Regional Parks members. Call 707-565-7888 for information.